MMA Fighter Rankings: List By Division
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The heavyweight rankings continue to be dominated by the UFC, with the weight class being pretty shallow in general. Fabricio Werdum easily topped Cain Velasquez at UFC 188 to become the undisputed UFC heavyweight champion, but they look as though they are set to have an immediate rematch.
Junior Dos Santos is sitting on deck assuming he gets past Alistar Overeem in December.
- 1. Fabricio Werdum – UFC (Champion)
- 2. Cain Velasquez – UFC
- 3. Junior dos Santos – UFC
- 4. Stipe Miocic – UFC
- 5. Andrei Arlovski – UFC
- 6. Travis Browne – UFC
- 7. Alistair Overeem – UFC
- 8. Vitaly Minakov – Bellator (Champion)
- 9. Ben Rothwell – UFC
- 10. Frank Mir - UFC
Make no mistake about it—Jon Jones is the best light heavyweight fighter on the planet. His dynamic skillset makes him almost unstoppable and he has a win over current champ, Daniel Cormier, who he defeated at UFC 182 in January. Though there is no official confirmation of when Jones will return, most are speculating that a rematch against Cormier will take place in the first half of 2016.
Anthony Johnson and Ryan Bader have agreed to a fight for 2016, with the winner certainly getting a title shot.
Light Heavyweight Rankings
- 1. Jon Jones - UFC
- 2. Daniel Cormier - UFC (Champion)
- 3. Anthony Johnson - UFC
- 4. Ryan Bader – UFC
- 5. Alexander Gustafsson - UFC
- 6. Glover Texiera - UFC
- 7. Phil Davis - Bellator
- 8. Liam McGeary - Bellator (Champion)
- 9. Ovince Saint Preux – UFC
- 10. Rashad Evans - UFC
The middleweight division is one of the most hotly contested in the UFC. Chris Weidman will look to defend his title against Luke Rockhold at UFC 194 with Jacare Souza and Yoel Romero fighting on the same card with that winner likely getting the next title fight.
- 1. Chris Weidman – UFC (Champion)
- 2. Luke Rockhold – UFC
- 3. Jacare Souza – UFC
- 4. Yoel Romero – UFC
- 5. Vitor Belfort – UFC
- 6. Lyoto Machida – UFC
- 7. Gegard Mousasi - UFC
- 8. Tim Kennedy – UFC
- 9. Anderson Silva – UFC
- 10. Robert Whittaker – UFC
Following an all-time great battle between Robbie Lawler and Rory MacDonald at UFC 189, the 170lbs division’s top talent have been on somewhat of a hiatus. However, several key welterweight fights are scheduled over the next few months, headlined by Lawler defending his title at UFC 195 against Carlos Condit.
The future of Johny Hendricks seemed up-in-the-air after he missed weight for his last fight by more than 20 lbs with Dana White saying he will be moving up in weight.
Ben Askren continues to carry the mantle of best fighter in the world not in the UFC.
- 1. Robbie Lawler – UFC (Champion)
- 2. Rory MacDonald – UFC
- 3. Johny Hendricks – UFC
- 4. Tyron Woodley - UFC
- 5. Carlos Condit - UFC
- 6. Ben Askren - ONE FC (Champion)
- 7. Damian Maia - UFC
- 8. Matt Brown – UFC
- 9. Dong-Hyun Kim – UFC
- 10. Neil Magny– UFC
The lightweight division offers a lot of intrigue and potential fights involving a new breed against the old guard within the UFC. Rafael Dos Anjos is set to defend his belt against Donald Cerrone on a Fight Night event in December.
Khabib Nurmagomedov was scheduled to fight Tony Ferguson, but a rib injury made him withdraw. There have been rumors that Khabib is contemplating retirement.
- 1. Rafael dos Anjos – UFC (Champion)
- 2. Anthony Pettis - UFC
- 3. Khabib Nurmagomedov - UFC
- 4. Donald Cerrone – UFC
- 5. Eddie Alvarez – UFC
- 6. Benson Henderson – UFC
- 7. Tony Ferguson – UFC
- 8. Gilbert Melendez – UFC
- 9. Will Brooks – Bellator (Champion)
- 10. Myles Jury - UFC
Maybe one of the most heavily publicized fights in the history of the UFC is nearing, as Jose Aldo and Conor McGregor will finally meet to see who the best featherweight in the world is at UFC 194.
The night before UFC 194 is the TUF season finale, which has Frankie Edgar and Chad Mendes as the main event with the winner likely getting the next shot at the belt assuming the UFC doesn’t go with an immediate rematch between Aldo and McGregor.
- 1. Jose Aldo – UFC (Champion)
- 2. Conor McGregor – UFC (Interim Champion)
- 3. Frankie Edgar – UFC
- 4. Chad Mendes – UFC
- 5. Ricardo Lamas – UFC
- 6. Max Holloway – UFC
- 7. Charles Oliveira – UFC
- 8. Daniel Straus - Bellator (Champion)
- 9. Jeremy Stephens – UFC
- 10. Patricio Freire - Bellator
The bantamweight division is one of the more underdeveloped in all of fighting, which has caused a large disparity between the top and the rest. We’ll be treated to TJ Dillashaw defending his UFC belt against Dominick Cruz in Boston in January.
The media has already started spinning with the idea that we may soon see a Dillashaw vs. Urijah Faber bout for the title after TJ left the Faber led Team Alpha Male.
- 1. T.J. Dillashaw – UFC (Champion)
- 2. Dominick Cruz – UFC
- 3. Raphael Assuncao – UFC
- 4. Renan Barao - UFC
- 5. Urijah Faber – UFC
- 6. Bibiano Fernedes - ONE FC (Champion)
- 7. Marcos Galvao - Bellator (Champion)
- 8. Michael McDonald - UFC
- 9. Joe Warren - Bellator
- 10. Thomas Almeida - UFC
Demetrious Johnson has completely obliterated the rest of the flyweight division. Since being crowned the first ever UFC Flyweight champion, ‘Mighty Mouse’ has defended his strap seven times and in every fight he’s looked damn near untouchable.
WIth a win over Jussier Formiga, Henry Cejudo has seemingly set himself up for a title oppurtunity against Johnson.
- 1. Demetrious Johnson – UFC (Champion)
- 2. Joseph Benavidez – UFC
- 3. John Dodson – UFC
- 4. Henry Cejudo – UFC
- 5. Ali Bagautinov – UFC
- 6. Jussier Formiga – UFC
- 7. Ian McCall – UFC
- 8. Kyoji Horiguchi – UFC
- 9. John Moraga – UFC
- 10. Zach Makovsky – UFC
With one kick the world of MMA changed dramtically. Holly Holm's second round knockout of Ronda Rousey at UFC 193 was the biggest upset in UFC history. It is hard to figure out Rousey after the Holm fight as she looked out of shape and rattled the entire time.
In the post-UFC 193 press conference, Holm seemed to assume that Rousey would get an immediate rematch.
Women's Bantamweight Rankings
- 1. Holly Holm – UFC (Champion)
- 2. Ronda Rousey – UFC
- 3. Miesha Tate – UFC
- 4. Cat Zigano – UFC
- 5. Amanda Nunes – UFC
- 6. Alexis Davis – UFC
- 7. Sarah Kauffman – UFC
- 8. Sara McMann – UFC
- 9. Bethe Corriea – UFC
- 10. Julianna Pena – UFC
Joanna Jedrzejczyk has proven that she deserves the UFC strawweight belt after making Carla Esparza and Jessica Penne’s faces look like mush. Jedrzejczyk's most recent win over Valerie Letourneau at UFC 193 was her tougest fight to date, but there was no question JJ was in the lead most of the contest.
The bottom tier of the rankings sees an interesting lot of youth and potential with Paige VanZant, Maryna Moroz and Rose Namajunas (who just missed the list) all under 25 years of age.
Women's Strawweight Rankings
- 1. Joanna Jedrzejczk – UFC (Champion)
- 2. Claudia Gadelha – UFC
- 3. Jessica Aguilar – UFC
- 4. Carla Esparza – UFC
- 5. Valerie Letourneau – UFC
- 6. Maryna Moroz – UFC
- 7. Karolina Kowalkiewicz – UFC
- 8. Livia Renara Souza - Invicta (Champion)
- 9. Joanne Calderwood – UFC
- 10. Paige VanZant – UFC